All four militants holed up in Shrine killed
30 July 2001
The Times of India
Srinagar: All four Hizbul Mujahideen militants, holed up in a shrine in Budgam district on Monday, were killed in an encounter with the security forces. While one militant was killed in the afternoon, the other three were gunned down in the evening. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after the encounter. The four militants had taken shelter in the shrine at Gogam village, near Magam, 25 km from here, a BSF officer said. The BSF and the Army had cordoned off Gagam village after a tip-off about the presence of Hizb militants in the area. The militants, headed by ''battalion commander'' Mustaffa Khan, took shelter in the shrine of Syed Mohammad Ali Ziarat in the wee hours of Monday. In the afternoon, two of the four holed-up militants tried to escape by firing at the security forces. In the ensuing shootout, one militant was killed, while the other, who was was injured, again took refuge in the shrine. However, a Hizb spokesman denied the presence of its men inside the shrine and said the militants had already left the village before the arrival of the forces. Two Hizb militants were killed in another encounter at Chukar in the Pattan area of Baramulla district. The slain militants were identified as Abdul Rashid Ganai and Abdul Rashid Bhat. Four persons, including two Jawans, were injured in the incident. In Anantnag district, militants opened fire and injured a shopkeeper at Ashajipora. In yet another incident, militants fired a few rockets towards a security forces picket at Tral in Pulwama district, in which four Jawans were injured. The militants also killed a former militant, Mustaq Ahmad Katri, in Pulwama district. The Army recovered the body of a foreign militant at a forward post in Karnah in Kupwara district.